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June 09, 2015

Overnight Open Thread Edition (6-9-2015) - Yes There Will Be Math Midterm Edition

Quote of the Day I

Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've worked in the private sector. They expect results.

-- Dr. Raymond Stantz

Quote of the Day II - Semi-Retired President Dithers Over ISIS Edition

A military official also took issue with Obama's claim that he was waiting for options from the Pentagon. "What the f- was that? We have given him lots of options, he just hasn't acted on them," the official told Fox News.

Okay it's that time of year so everyone now clear off your ONT desks and take out a no.2 pencil. Remember that none of the problems on this test require any advanced math knowledge. So you've got that going for you.

Everyone ready? Okay you may break the seal on the test booklet.............now.

Problem #1

Twenty years ago, this puzzle appeared on a test administered to top-tier math students from 16 countries around the world. Only 10% of test takers got it right. In the U.S., only 4% managed to provide a correct response.


If you're stumped, here's a hint: Solve the case of a single revolution of the string first. Also think scissors. 

Problem #2

You need to fill in the gaps with the digits from 1 to 9 so that the equation makes sense, following the order of operations - multiply first, then division, addition and subtraction last.

According to the VN Express, it was set as a problem for third graders in the town of Bao Loc in the Vietnamese highlands.

That's eight year olds!

There is no complicated maths involved, only basic arithmetic.

And note that ':' is the symbol they use for division.


Need a hint: Convert the tiles to an equation, remember the order of operations, MDAS.

When you're finished, turn in your answer sheet and join the rest of us in the tea room.

Why CDR Salamander Won't Give One Red Cent to the Wounded Warrior Project

They may not be a scam charity at the moment but they're on the trajectory to becoming one.

RIP Vincent Musetto: Classic Headline Guy


Ha Ha: Sea Shepherd Forced to Pay $2.5 Million in Damages to Japanese Whalers

How You Can Help Mark in Steyn vs. Mann

Buy one of his gift certificates.

Contrary to belief in some quarters, I'm not without legal representation - although I do reserve the right to conduct the deposition of Mann myself, if only because it will make for a better scene in the movie. Rather, my legal team is headed by Dan Kornstein, the driving force behind the most important free-speech legislation this century. We're preparing for the end of this ridiculous sideshow about anti-SLAPP interlocutory-appeal mumbo-jumbo, at which point we'll press for a trial as soon as possible, and Michael E Mann can defend his hockey stick on the witness stand.

I won't deny that there aren't days when I wish I didn't have my head in some interminable brief and could be working on my next book, or album, or on the lam holed up in a Swiss clinic awaiting the removal of my facial-construction bandages and the delivery of my new Azerbaijani passport. But the moment passes, and I can assure you I'll see this thing through - and I'll win.

Tor Books Apologizes to Sad Puppies Over Tor Editor, Irene Gallo's Hateful Post

This is the Frisky/Gawker take so remember that everything is actually the opposite of what is stated. You can read Vox Day's take here.

You have to wonder about the viability of an industry whose employees seem to despise the very producers and consumers of what they sell.


Orson Wells Moonlighted as a....Lesbian Porn Editor?

Welles, wrote Karp, "wound up editing a hard-core lesbian shower scene that he couldn't resist cutting in Wellesian fashion with low camera angles and other trademark flair."

...Welles reciprocated by working without credit on one of Graver's hard-core films, 3 A.M. Fuming that Graver was busy editing it instead of working on his projects, Welles volunteered to cut a sequence to speed the film's completion. The star of 3 A.M., Georgina Spelvin, proudly told me that Welles was responsible for the dynamic editing of her masturbation scene in a shower...

Parade Magazine, April26, 1970


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